The Muskegon Lumberjacks made another key trade on Thursday, setting up the program for needed pieces to the puzzle.
The Lumberjacks sent to the Fargo Force captain Oliver MacDonald, along with 2021 Phase 1 and 2 draft picks.
In return, Muskegon receives forward Frankie Carogioiello (2002) and defenseman Michael Quinn (2003), as well as a 2020 Phase 2 Draft pick and a 2021 Phase 1 Draft pick.
"We thank Ollie (Oliver MacDonald) for the work and leadership he provided and wish him the best," said Lumberjacks President of Hockey Operations Steve Lowe, about MacDonald’s contributions to the team that dated back to the 2017-18 season.
In the trade, Muskegon receives Carogioiello and Quinn, both of whom bring skills the Lumberjacks' program is looking to build upon.
“We are building from the back out, and have an offensive system of control and speed with our defenseman leading the way,” said Lowe about how Carogioiello and Quinn will fit with the program’s fundamentals.
Carogioiello is a Miami of Ohio commit and is currently playing for St. Andrews College in Ontario. The left hander was called lightning fast by TheHockeyNews.com in December and will join the team when his season wraps up in mid March.
“Frankie is an impact player who plays the way we want,” said Lowe. “He has speed, attacks holes and has the type of creativity that fits with our offensive style,”
Quinn is a defenseman that is playing for Shattuck St. Mary's Midget Prep in Faribault, MN. The 5-10 right hander has four goals and 26 assists through 42 games played this season.
“Michael’s skills are well above his age, he’s playing against players who are older which is highly unusual for that league, ” said Lowe about Quinn’s skill set playing for Shattuck. “He’s a smart defenseman, can break pucks out and can make the plays.”
For the Lumberjacks program, this is another trade that brings in players with the speed and skills needed to make the right impact.
“We have re-tooled and have a lot of things we’ve done as an organization to move the Jacks into the hunt,” said Lowe.
Since mid-November, Muskegon has added nine new skaters to the ice. Each new face has been producing in the right ways.
Dylan Wendt came to the Lumberjacks from Green Bay and has more than doubled his point production since joining the program. Cameron Berg is another player who has exponentially increased his points on the ice for Muskegon. Tyler Dunbar joined Muskegon as the second youngest player in the USHL and has tallied seven points in his first 16 games.
“When we look at the transactions we’ve made, we can see how each of these players are fitting in better and playing stronger roles on the ice,” said Lowe. “Our younger players have all taken steps to take advantage of what we have going in Muskegon, and we will develop these players to fit into an elite program going forward.”
Muskegon Lumberjacks upcoming games
Fri. Feb. 7 vs. Madison Capitals 7:05 PM (Muskegon’s Got Talent)
Sat. Feb. 8 @ Madison Capitals 8:05 PM
Sun. Feb. 9 @ Chicago Steel 4:05 PM
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